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article imageU.S. government security clearance may now include DNA testing

By Megan Morreale     Apr 1, 2014 in Politics
DNA testing is being considered as part of a background checks on security clearance applicants who need to access classified information.
The Defense Department notice made public Monday announced the possibility in the hopes of having a more biological identifier of the candidates for clearance.
"The Federal Government is looking into the feasibility of using biometric identifiers other than fingerprints in the security clearance process," the Pentagon told Politico in response to a comment it received on new personnel security regulations for the Defense Department.
The DNA procurement would ensure that no applicant is under current federal, state or local current criminal investigation, achieving the same end as taking fingerprints.
The requirement was not immediately made active, but is under review of officials.
"Any such requirement such as the suggested collection of DNA from clearance applicants would be covered in a separate rulemaking. As the comment correctly notes, such a policy would be best coordinated with the other federal agencies with personnel security programs to [ensure] appropriate reciprocity of clearances between agencies," the Pentagon announcement said.
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